One of the days of the Broadcom MASTERS competition where students present their projects. (Society for Science & the Public photo)

At least ten Indian American students — four from California — are among the 30 finalists in the sixth annual Broadcom MASTERS, one of the nation’s most prestigious science, technology, engineering and mathematics middle school competitions, the Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public announced Sept. 20.

The winners of this year’s Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) will be named Nov. 1 after completion of a rigorous competition that will test their abilities in STEM, critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration.

The Indian American students selected as finalists include Akhilesh Balasingam of San Jose, Calif.; Maya Chandar of Fort Myers, Fla.; Ananya Ganesh of Sandy Springs, Ga.; Adishree Ghatare of San Jose, Calif.; Ashini Modi of Shreveport, La.; Anushka Naiknaware of Portland, Ore.; Aalok Patwa of San Jose, Calif.; Shreya Ramachandran of Fremont, Calif.; Emhyr Subramanian of Aurora, Colo,; and Daven Yadav of Atlanta, Ga.

The finalists will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. from Oct. 27 to Nov. 2 to showcase their science fair projects and compete in a four-day STEM competition for awards and prizes, including the top education award of $25,000 presented by the Samueli Foundation.

Balasingam, a seventh grader at Challenger School in San Jose, Calif., has as his entry “Galloping Prisms: On the Optimal Design of a Novel Aeroelastic Energy Harvester for Remote Environmental Sensing.”

Chandar, a sixth grader at Canterbury School, Fort Meyers, Fla., is presenting “The Effects of Ultrasound Waves vs. Laser Beams on the Regrowth of Lumbriculys variegatus (A Novel Study).”

Ganesh and Yadav, eighth graders at The Westminster Schools in Sandy Springs, Ga., are competing with their project, “Bruxism: Using Myoelectric Signals to Treat a Health Problem.”

Ghatare, an eighth grader at Challenger School in San Jose, Calif., seeks to impress with her “A Software Application as a Learning Platform for Increasing Memory Retention of Definitions of Words.”

Modi, a sixth grader at Caddo Middle Magnet School in Shreveport, La., has a project on “Dark Matter: The Hidden Universe.”

Naiknaware, a seventh grader at Stoller Middle School is Portland, Ore., is focused on “Chitosan and Carbon Nanoparticle based Biocompatible Sensor for Wound Management.”

Patwa, a seventh grader at Stratford Middle School in San Jose, Calif., has the entry, “Do I Grind? A Wearable System That Detects Bruxism Ahead of Its Effect on Teeth.”

Ramachandran, a seventh grader at Stratford Middle School in Fremont, Calif., is concerned with “The Effect of Soap Nut Grey Water on the Environment.”

Subramanian, an eighth grader at Challenge School in Aurora, Colo., is focused on “A Study of Super-Absorbent Polymers and Their Effectiveness in Organic Waste Extraction.”

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